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Nepal PM sends out SOS for reconstruction

koiralaKATHMANDU: Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has urged the international community and development partners to support the rehabilitation of the people displaced by the earthquakes and to aid the government’s larger reconstruction effort.

At a press meet organised in Baluwatar on Sunday, Koirala appealed to all the stakeholders to be part of the rebuilding process. He said the country has entered the rehabilitation and reconstruction phase with the completion of search and rescue operations.

He urged “our friends” to support the reconstruction process “whole-heartedly”. Extending his thanks to the nations helping in search and rescue tasks, Koirala sought their involvement in the rebuilding phase too.

He described the government’s decision to form the National Reconstruction Fund as part of its commitment to rebuild the country and urged the international community and donors to help to handle the national crisis.The government, which has already set the target of raising Rs200 billion, has allocated Rs20 billion as seed money.

It has requested the international community, donors and the private sector to contribute to the fund.Koirala said he was encouraged by the gesture of goodwill and support from the friendly nations, development partners and well-wishers in the international community.

“We are confident of receiving ample support from the international community as enter the rehabilitation and reconstruction phase,” he said.Koirala, who returned home from Indonesia two days after the April 25 quake, has been criticised for his government’s lacklustre response to the disaster.

After the May 12 jolt, he addressed media persons immediately.The prime minister admitted that the government was unprepared for the calamity.

“We have had to struggle for democracy for long so we have poor logistics,” he told journalists on Sunday, after keeping them waiting for nearly two hours.Chinooks barred due to terrain: Koirala

On the denial of permission for British Chinook helicopters to fly into Nepal to help in relief operations, Koirala said the government was forced to request the British government not to bring them in considering Nepal’s difficult terrain and the number of choppers already available in the country.

“I had a cordial talk with British PM David Cameron yesterday and requested UK’s involvement in the rehabilitation process,” said Koirala. – From EKantipur.com

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